Alaska Native/Indigenous People

Miss WEIO Promotes Water Safety

With spring break-up in full spring and summer around the corner, many Alaskans are getting back out on the lakes, streams, rivers and other waterways. Miss World Eskimo-Indian Olympics (WEIO) Chanda Simon shared a very timely message about water safety.

I hope everyone’s Memorial Day weekend is off to a good start! I see a lot of people towing their boats around, and I would like to remind everyone about their water safety, please keep yourselves safe and wear a PFD (personal flotation device)! Around town here in Fairbanks, there are these boards at some of the boat landings with life vests for kids that you can borrow!

Kids Don’t Float, and neither do adults or pets so remember, if you are going to be in or around water on a boat, skidoo, kayak, or anything, wear your life vest! It is in the name, the vest is there to help protect your life and the life of kids. This picture was taken at Pike’s Landing, and as you can see there are a variety of sizes to keep your little ones safe. I also remember seeing a board like this in Bethel, and I saw a picture of one in Juneau. Have a safe summer out on the water!  🌼🐶 – Chanda Simon, Miss WEIO

Chanda and her dog, Daisy, are wearing life vests and are ready to get out on the water. Courtesy photo
Miss WEIO Chanda Simon and her dog, Daisy, are wearing life vests and are ready to get out on the water. Courtesy photo

Enjoy the waterways and remember to wear a float coat. The Alaska Boating Safety Program has many more life-saving tips at:  http://dnr.alaska.gov/parks/boating/index.htm. Thank you Chanda for sharing an important message about boating safety in Alaska.

I took a boat ride around Huslia last year. Photo by Angela Gonzalez
I took a boat ride around Huslia last year. Photo by Angela Gonzalez